This site is designed to be a virtual business incubator for entrepreneurs from the Highlands County area. Our mission is to promote economic development in the Heartland of Florida through new business creation and through supporting existing businesses. The incubator provides a central focal point for accessing local mentors and an array of other business support services.

Although there are many web sites available to aid those seeking to start a business, this web site is unique in that it provides reputable and specific information to start and grow a business in Highlands County and the surrounding Heartland area.

This one-stop shop will provide web visitors the ability to:

  • sign-up for classes
  • watch seminars
  • seek and receive confidential counseling
  • find information about different types of businesses
  • learn how to start a business offers flexibility for the prospective Highlands County business owner who could benefit from attending seminars and receiving counseling, but has little time to do so. Now all of these services will be at the press of a button. Of course, there is always the option of in-person counseling and electronic requests can be submitted via this web site. is funded by an Enterprise Florida grant. Its content is managed by the Highlands County Business Accelerator, Inc., in conjunction with the Highlands County Economic Development Commission and the Small Business Development Center at the University of South Florida.

This web site was funded in part by a grant from Enterprise Florida, Inc. and the Governor’s Office of Tourism, Trade and Economic Development.